Athens, GA (7/22/2022) – One of the primary purposes of Southeast CUNA Management School is to prepare each student for a successful career of leadership in the credit union movement. To help accomplish this purpose and as a prerequisite for graduation from the three-year program, students work together in small groups to develop white papers that feature current research, analyses, and proposed solutions for an issue affecting the credit union industry or an opportunity/decision that many credit unions are currently facing or will face in the future.
This year, two groups from the 2022 graduating class were awarded for their white papers during the graduation ceremony on June 17 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, GA. Their white papers are now available to read on the SRCUS website.
Best 3rd Year White Paper Group & Presentation Awards
White Paper: The Importance of DEI for Credit Union Survival
About: For the first time in history, employers face the fortune and challenge of having five generations working together daily. Known for being people-oriented and community-centered, credit unions have an opportunity to embrace America’s “melting pot” example by not only recognizing the value and importance of a diverse workforce internally, but to tell that story externally with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Jill Brazzle, Eagle Federal Credit Union
- Bryttani Graddick, MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union
- Toby King, CapEd Credit Union
- Joy Smith-Durant, Eagle Federal Credit Union
Pass With Distinction 3rd Year White Paper Award
White Paper: Ransomware: Is Your Credit Union Ready for It?
About: The recent cases of ransomware attacks made visible through the media highlights the need for preparedness and diligence in credit unions. Even the smallest of credit unions have experienced some aspect of cybercrime, stolen data, and identity theft. Are credit unions ready?
- Lori Collins, Purdue Federal CU
- Daniel Jordan, Acclaim Federal CU
- Shari King, Shelby County FCU
- Erika Perez, Lion’s Share FCU
To be awarded the “Pass with Distinction” recognition, a team must receive a 93 or higher on their white paper. Then the team with the highest of the scores at that threshold are recognized for “Best 3rd Year White Paper Group and Presentation.”